SEE TO LEARN - Free Vision Assessments for Children

October is See To Learn Month

Statistics parents should know about children's vision:

  • 20% of kindergarten students have vision problems
  • By high school graduation, 30-40% of students have a vision problem
  • 70% of juvenile delinquents have a vision problem
  • Research indicates that 60% of individuals enrolled in literacy programs have vision problems

Why do children need a vision assessment?

Many parents believe that school vision screenings are adequate. While screenings that involve reading an eye chart can uncover certain problems, they do not evaluate skills such as focusing, eye alignment, depth perception, color vision, peripheral side vision, or eye health - all of which are critical to a child's ability to learn. An eye examination by a licensed eye care specialist prior to entering school is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Optometric Association, American Public Health Association, and Prevent Blindness America.

How does SEE TO LEARN address these needs?

SEE TO LEARN is an innovative, three-step, preventive health program designed to ensure that kindergarten children entering school can see to learn; and to educate parents, grandparents, and educators about the warning signs of vision problems in all school-age children.

  • Step 1: On going education to alert parents and educators about the signs of vision problems in children of any age
  • Step 2: A FREE vision assessment for three-year-old children by licensed optometrists participating in the SEE TO LEARN program. Early detection is important in order to correct vision problems.
  • Step 3. A complete eye examination, paid for by the parent, before or during the child's first year of school. This is a small investment in a child's ability to learn.

    SEE TO LEARN is a program of the Eye Care Council, Inc. and is sponsored in the state by the Nebraska Foundation for Children's Vision, in cooperation with Nebraska Optometric Association.

    For more information on children's vision or to identify a participating SEE TO LEARN doctor nearest you, call 1-800-960-3937, view the Eye Care Council Website at, or contact the Eye Care Council. For information on how you can help support children's vision in Nebraska, contact:

    Nebraska Foundation for Children's Vision
    Teri Geist, President
    1633 Normandy Ct., Ste. A
    Lincoln, NE 68512
    Phone: (402) 474-7716
    Fax: 402.476.6547